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The Health & Wellness Show: The Devil’s in the Details: Diet Dogma and Fine-Tuning Your Own
High carb, low fat, ketogenic, Whole 30 and paleo diets… research exists supporting (and refuting) them all. Some people thrive on a high amount of carbs, some decline. Some people soar on a ketogenic diet while others crash and burn. As much as researchers would like to find the perfect human diet it is becoming increasingly clear that one dietary template is not suitable for everyone everywhere and at all times. Age, genetics, activity level, location and more can all play a role in what one should or should not be eating.
Is diet as black and white as some proponents claim it to be? Do carbs, dairy, grains, fruits and legumes have any place in a ‘healthy’ diet? Are there any absolute no-no’s? Join us on this episode of the Health and Wellness Show as we attempt to tease out the nuances and add some levity to the diet wars. And be sure to stay tuned for Zoya’s Pet Health Segment where the topic will be Animals: Do they dream like us?
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John Kerry admits that Russia entered Syrian war to stop ISIS, U.S. used ISIS to pressure Assad
Back in late September, the New York Times published an interesting piece: Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors. (PolitRussia’s Ruslan Ostashko commented on it here.) But the NYT piece left out THE most damning statements made by Kerry. The full video is below, followed by one of the biggest revelations:
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26:09: « I mean, the reason Russia came in is because ISIL was getting stronger. Daesh was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth. And that’s why Russia came in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government. And they supported Assad. And, and, uh, and we we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that, that Daesh was growing in strength. And we thought Assad was threatened. Uhh, we thought our, we could probably manage, uh, you know, that Assad might then negotiate. Instead of negotiating, you’ve got Assad and you’ve got Putin to support him. »
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New « Russian hacking » intel report: Still no evidence
Moon of Alabama
After Hillary Clinton was defeated in the U.S. presidential election the relevant powers launched a campaign to delegitimize the President elect Donald Trump.
The ultimate aim of the cabal is to kick him out of office and have a reliable replacement, like the Vice-President elect Pence, take over. Should that not be possible it is hoped that the delegitimization will make it impossible for Trump to change major policy trajectories especially in foreign policy. A main issue here is the reorientation of the U.S. military complex and its NATO proxies from the war of terror towards a direct confrontation with main powers like Russia and China.
The cabal consists of President Obama, the defeated candidate Hillary Clinton, neoconservatves like the State Department’s cookie dispenser Victoria Nuland, the Republican senators McCain and Lindsay and the military-industrial complex. (One of the few neocons planted near to Trump, former CIA director James Woolsey, threw the towel today and left the Trump transition team.)
Iran capitalizes on OPEC oil cut to sell millions of stored floating barrels – sources
Iran has sold more than 13 million barrels of oil that it had long held on tankers at sea, capitalizing on an OPEC output cut deal from which it is exempted to regain market share and court new buyers, according to industry sources and data.
In the past three months, Tehran has sold almost half the oil it had held in floating storage, which had tied up many of its tankers as it struggled to offload stocks in an oversupplied global market.
The amount of Iranian oil held at sea has dropped to 16.4 million barrels, from 29.6 million barrels at the beginning of October, according to Thomson Reuters Oil Flows data. Before that sharp drop, the level had barely changed in 2016; it was 29.7 million barrels at the start of last year, the data showed.
Meeting with intel officials ‘constructive,’ according to Trump – hacking had ‘absolutely no effect’ on election
Hacking « had absolutely no effect » on the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections, President-elect Donald Trump has announced following a meeting with intelligence officials.
Having described his meeting with top representatives of the US intelligence community as « constructive, » Trump said on Friday that no cyber hacking from Russia, China or any other country had affected the vote.
« While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, » Trump said in his statement.
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« There was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines, » he added.
The Republican president-elect claimed that there had been « attempts to hack the Republican National Committee (RNC). » However, thanks to the Comittee’s « strong hacking defenses, » they all failed, he said.
Priceless! US Military gave Obama embarrassing send off
Before It’s News
Barack Obama despite the mainstream media and liberals’ claims that he was a great Commander-in-Chief, the very people that served under him for eight years just proved that their claims were wrong.
Who better to give a rating of how poor Obama has been as Commander-in-Chief than the very men and women that have had to put their lives on the line for our country under the control of Obama?
Well during a ceremony earlier today at Joint Base Myer in Arlington, Virginia Barack Obama was given the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service, the best part comes when you look at the « enormous » crowd that came out to see the event. Rows and rows of empty seats were there to greet Obama and there couldn’t be a more fitting send off for the lame duck president.
Barack Obama not only had some of the worst foreign policy our country has ever seen, the non-legally binding Iran deal that the Democrats hailed as the best thing since Christmas, sorry « holidays » that doesn’t actually mean anything in reality.
The brave men and women that protect our country from threats and terror don’t support their Commander-in-Chief and there are hardly any greater insults than that!
Our military just let Obama know what they really thought of him.
Share this everywhere to show how « popular » Obama really is!
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Comment: A fitting un-response.
Austria: Defense minister considers ‘protective zones’ to eliminate illegal migrants in EU
Austria has proposed tough new anti-migrant measures, with its Defense Minister calling for a pan-European cap on migration, external application centers for refugees and « protective zones » to hold and deport illegals from the EU.
The first step of Hans Peter Doskozil’s plan to fix migration problems in the EU involves establishing limiting migration numbers and « effective protection of the EU’s external borders, » Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on Thursday. « It’s about ending the failed European asylum policies. We must admit to ourselves and be honest that the EU has limited capacity to absorb more migrants. We must stop illegal immigration, » Bild quoted Doskozil as saying.
The total EU migration ceiling would be based on limits evaluated by the member states, thus forcing countries like Germany which do not have a limit to establish one. Doskozil has been a vocal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s « open-door » policy since the beginning of the refugee crisis. « We must completely rethink the asylum system. The implementation of a united EU asylum system is necessary to deal with the crisis, » the minister said.
« There should be only an orderly system of legal entry for asylum-seekers. Asylum applications should only be possible outside the EU in the future, » the minister said, adding that migrants who had been denied asylum should be repatriated.
The minister’s plan also entails the creation of asylum centers in « third countries, such as Niger, Jordan, Uzbekistan, » where specially trained admission officers from EU countries would determine whether an applicant was eligible for asylum or not. Doskozil considers using the existing facilities of The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for such asylum application centers.
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Comment: It is unlikely humanity will ever achieve one unifying standard or one unifying process. Considering all perspectives and solutions, Doskozil’s plan may have some practicality and humanitarian merit. Whether it works, or is allowed to work, remains to be seen.
Jordanian warning: Trump’s US Embassy move to Jerusalem, a ‘gift to extremists’
Moving the US Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem will inflame « the Islamic and Arab streets, » and will serve as a gift to extremists, warned a top official from Jordan, one of Washington’s closest allies in the volatile region. The unambiguous warning was voiced by Mohammed Momani, the Jordanian information minister, in response to US President-elect Donald Trump’s statements on the issue, AP reported on Thursday.
The US Embassy move would be a « red line » for Jordan, and would « inflame the Islamic and Arab streets, » Momani said, adding that it would also serve as a « gift to extremists. » The controversial plan « will have catastrophic implications on several levels, including the regional situation, » the top official told AP.
There have been a number of signs over the past few weeks which suggest that the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is likely to happen. Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in December that the embassy move was « a very big priority » for the president-elect. Israeli officials, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, said they have been contacted about finding an appropriate location for the embassy in the city. Washington already has a building in the Arnona neighborhood, originally slated to accommodate the eventual US Embassy.
Trump has made several statements signaling a fresh start for the special relationship between the two nations.
The incoming administration has already nominated David Friedman, a prominent attorney who advised Trump on Israel during the presidential campaign, to be the next US ambassador to Israel. Friedman, who once was a columnist in several right-wing media outlets, said he wants to « strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region. »
Comment: If it is so unbreakable, why would it need strengthening?
Comment: Maybe Trump will learn a bit more about what is really involved in international decisions that seem to be relatively low on the trigger list, but capable of sparking a regional conflagration. He might do well to also get up to speed with Israeli tactics of manipulation and persuasion.
Site being considered for US embassy in Jerusalem is stolen Palestinian private property
US Embassy relocation to Jerusalem backed by Trump and Israeli officials
UN envoy Riyad Mansour says Palestine will ‘unleash all weapons’ on US if Trump moves embassy to Jerusalem
Name one vastly more reliable source than the elite US media…Assange
A Medium Corporation
In January 2011, the people of Tunisia effectuated an uprising which led to the ouster of Ben Ali, who had ruled the country for 23 years. Many Tunisians were well aware that the regime was autocratic and corrupt, but they were provided additional gory details about its decadent opulence by none other than WikiLeaks, the organization whose founder and editor is currently being slimed by self-important U.S. liberals. In the aftermath of the revolution, WikiLeaks was widely hailed for its role in supplying previously-concealed information to Tunisian dissidents, and with that Assange cemented for himself a place in the pantheon of great journalistic trailblazers.
Can any sneering anti-Assange journalist point to a report, publication, investigation, or tweet of their own which has resulted in anything of remotely comparable magnitude? I’m guessing not. These people get on their high horse and deride WikiLeaks as some kind of compromised Russian front in the tank for Trump — but compared to Assange’s record, they’re little more than a speck of sludge on the bottom of a tin can.
Here is a handy list compiled by G. Greenwald in December 2010 memorializing a (non-exhaustive) list of what WikiLeaks revealed in that year alone. And for those with short memories, here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of the 2016 campaign-related revelations that U.S. voters would have been deprived of but for WikiLeaks: Go here
And for those with short memories, here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of the 2016 campaign-related revelations that U.S. voters would have been deprived of but for WikiLeaks: Go here
Notwithstanding his long, undeniable record of publishing massively consequential revelations, it’s once again fashionable in certain Serious Media circles to bash Assange and his broader enterprise. While it’s true that many of the same types were very annoyed with WikiLeaks when it came on the scene in 2010, today they have extra incentive to signal their distaste given that Assange is now seen to be in cahoots with Trump/Putin.
Comment: It is this kind of warped thinking that has gotten the MSM into such a sorry state where influence means more than truth.
Comment: See also:
WikiLeaks: What Does it Cost to Change the World?
Assange announces WikiLeaks will publish all US election documents by Nov. 8
Exclusive Interview: Julian Assange on Murdoch, Manning and the threat from China
Not ‘Russian intelligence’: Assange hints 27-year-old Seth Rich was source of leaked emails as Wikileaks offers $20k reward for info on murdered DNC staffer
Wikileaks dismisses NYT article on Russian intel behind DNC hack as conspiracy, not journalism
Assange to Maher: Americans should know how easily their government can kill them
EU dished out £4.2B to most corrupt regimes over a fortnight
Eurocrats splashed out the jaw-dropping sum of money on programmes including combatting racism against migrants, bankrolling Government reforms and, perhaps most incredibly of all, directly financing national budgets. They authorised 15 bank-busting payments to 29 countries in the space of just 15 days in December, embarking on a staggering splurge at a time when voters in Europe are suffering under crushing austerity regimes. Astonishingly just five of those countries are ranked in the top half of nations in terms of institutional corruption, with most of them judged to be in the worst 50 globally.
The figures, uncovered by the pro-Brexit Facts4EU.Org news site, show that British taxpayers will be stung for an eye-watering £462,000,000 to pay for the projects, and could be required to carry on funding them even after the country has left the EU in spring 2019. Critics today blasted the payments, saying the EU has « no right » to blow hard working families’ money abroad and adding: « At Christmas we should remember charity starts at home. »
Earlier this month, Brussels agreed to hand over an jaw-dropping £1billion to the African nations of Ethiopia, Niger, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, which between them register an average ranking of 99 out of the 168 nations included in Transparency’s 2015 corruption index. The cash will predominantly be used to bankroll educational projects and boost economic growth in a desperate attempt by eurocrats to dissuade a second massive wave of African migrants from heading to Europe and overwhelming struggling member states.
Comment: Is this a grand plan to bankrupt the EU before the UK exit under the guise of beneficence? Corruption for hidden reasons attracts money, is not exclusive to these recipient countries. Putting an altruistic label on a « funding » only disguises and makes palatable whatever the true purpose of the « donation. »
Morocco shuts down schools allegedly linked to Turkish cleric Gulen
According to investigators, the schools are engaged in spreading FETO’s ideology.
« Investigations on the establishments of the Mohamed Al-Fatih group, linked to Turkish national Fethullah Gülen, showed that they use education to spread the group’s ideology and ideas contrary to the principles of the Moroccan educational and religious system, » the Thursday statement says, as quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper.
The ministry did not specify the exact number of schools to be shut down, but said that they would be closed « within a delay of one month » and that all efforts would be made to find alternative schools for the affected students.
Comment: See also:
Turkish ambassador: Sudan closes schools linked to Islamic cleric Gulen
Pakistan to investigate network of Gulen-linked schools at Turkey’s request
Paul Craig Roberts: Suppression of truth is the last defense of a corrupt ruling establishment
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Jon Rappoport’s mocking of the US presstitutes is superb:
« Vladimir Putin is the secret president of the United States.
« Yep. That’s it. The US is now the USSR. It’s all over. Trump is a Communist who took orders from Putin. Trump is a Red. That was his game all along. He’s a billionaire Commie. »
Ridicule is effective, and nothing deserves ridicule more than the Washington Post, New York, Times, CNN, and the rest of the presstitutes who pretend to be real journalists. But as I have emphasized, and other real journalists, such as Glenn Greenwald (see, for example) imply, the fake news recklessly promoted by the presstitutes brings with it the threat of thermo-nuclear war.
For several years Russia and her president have experienced endless demonization. The Russians know that Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia (done while Putin was at the Beijing Olympics) was a Washington provocation. The Russians know that Washington’s coup in Ukraine (done while Putin was at the Sochi Olympics) was a provocation aimed at seizing Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Crimea and cutting Russia off from the Mediterranean. The Russians know that Washington knows that the charges that Russia hacked Hillary’s emails and the US presidential election are lies. The Russians know that the « Russian threat » created by Washington is a lie along with all of its permutations, such as an impending Russian invasion of Poland and the Baltics. The Russians understand that US ABM bases on Russia’s borders are provocations, as are NATO military exercises on Russia’s borders and in the Black Sea. You can add to this list on your own.
Trump appoints ex-senator Dan Coats director of Office of National Intelligence
Senator Dan Coats has been named director to lead the Trump administration’s Office of National Intelligence. Coats previously served on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
Coats’ job would be to oversee the FBI and 16 other intelligence agencies, including the CIA, NSA (National Security Agency) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced he was resigning from the position at the end of the Obama administration.
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Clapper’s tenure in office was marked by high profile showdowns over the government’s desire to protect the civil liberties of American citizens.
During a tense March 2013 exchange with Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden over whether the NSA gathers « any type of data at all on millions of Americans, » Clapper responded « no » and « not wittingly. »
However, in June 2013, The Guardian published documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, including a top secret court order showing that the NSA had collected phone records from over 120 million subscribers.
Snowden later told Wired magazine that it was Clapper’s testimony that prompted him to leak the documents.
President-elect Trump is said to be working with top advisers on a plan to restructure the ODNI. The plans involve restricting and scaling back the ODNI, which Trump thinks has become bloated and politicized, the WSJ reported.
Comment: Interestingly, in 2014 Coats signed an open letter to the Obama administration opposing upgrading the Open Skies agreement with Russia, citing Moscow’s « invasion » of Crimea. How will that square with Trump’s goal of better relations with Russia?
Secret fight over Russia in the Obama Administration
Venezuelan right wing puts Chavez coup backer at head of Parliament, vows to rid Maduro from power
Venezuelan legislators appointed Thursday controversial right wing figure Julio Borges to head the National Assembly.
Borges has been a divisive figure in Venezuelan politics since supporting a failed 2002 coup against former socialist President Hugo Chavez, and for his ties with the US government.
Since being sworn in, Borges has stated he will seek new elections, while calling for the military to support opposition efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.
« Let’s have elections … this year: governors, mayors, the AN and also the presidency, » he told El Nacional.
Comment: There is a lot of trouble brewing in Venezuela:
Venezuela’s Maduro replaces VP and top ministers in Cabinet shuffle
Venezuela at the brink of a humanitarian crisis, pulls 100-bolivar note from circulation
Venezuelan parents give up their children in midst of economic crisis
Venezuela closes border with Colombia to combat mafia cash smuggling
Venezuelan president reports ‘cyber sabotage’ against banking system
Mission accomplished: Russia announces further troop pullouts in wake of successful ceasefire
Russia is starting to further reduce its military presence in Syria after completing a range of objectives and in the wake of the renewed ceasefire in the war-torn country, the Russian Armed Forces General Staff said Friday.
Russia started its anti-terrorist campaign in Syria in September, 2015, following a request by the Syrian government. A number of ceasefire attempts and peace talks have taken place between Syria’s warring factions since then. A US-Russian-brokered partial ceasefire was first introduced in early 2016, but violence continued, especially in Aleppo. A second Russian-Turkish-backed ceasefire took effect after the fall of Aleppo’s militant-held enclave just before the end of 2016.
The first scaling back of the Russian campaign took place in March, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of the bulk of the country’s air group from Syria, stating that the mission’s aims had been achieved and a chance should be given to diplomacy. A limited force remained and has been active in assisting Syrian forces against terrorists in eastern Syria and in Aleppo.
Comment: More on the liberation of Aleppo:
Thousands of Aleppo residents take to streets to celebrate liberation from terrorists, waving Syrian and Russian flags
Aleppo’s liberation is near! Water supply restored, thousands escape to safety ofSyrian government (PICS, MAPS, VIDS)
One more time: The DNC emails were leaked, NOT hacked
William Binney and Ray McGovern
The Baltimore Sun
DNC and Podesta emails were leaked, not hacked, op-ed writers say.
It has been several weeks since the New York Times reported that « overwhelming circumstantial evidence » led the CIA to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin « deployed computer hackers » to help Donald Trump win the election. But the evidence released so far has been far from overwhelming.
The long anticipated Joint Analysis Report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Dec. 29 met widespread criticism in the technical community. Worse still, some of the advice it offered led to a very alarmist false alarm about supposed Russian hacking into a Vermont electric power station.
Advertised in advance as providing proof of Russian hacking, the report fell embarrassingly short of that goal. The thin gruel that it did contain was watered down further by the following unusual warning atop page 1:
« DISCLAIMER: This report is provided ‘as is’ for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. »
Also, curiously absent was any clear input from the CIA, NSA or Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Reportedly, Mr. Clapper will get a chance tomorrow to brief an understandably skeptical Donald Trump, who has called the briefing delay « very strange, » even suggesting that top intelligence officials « need more time to build a case. »
Mr. Trump’s skepticism is warranted not only by technical realities, but also by human ones, including the dramatis personae involved. Mr. Clapper has admitted giving Congress on March 12, 2013, false testimony regarding the extent of NSA collection of data on Americans. Four months later, after the Edward Snowden revelations, Mr. Clapper apologized to the Senate for testimony he admitted was « clearly erroneous. » That he is a survivor was already apparent by the way he landed on his feet after the intelligence debacle on Iraq.
Comment: Julian Assange has been saying this from the beginning.
Assange confirms Russia was NOT source of DNC-Podesta leaks
John Pilger interviews Assange: WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt
Assange says it again: Source of Wikileaks DNC emails is NOT Russia »
Look to Washington, not Moscow’: Former British ambassador claims leaked DNC emails came from a D.C. insider
French people paying more attention about situation in Aleppo – Lawmaker
French people are now more interested in the reports of the people familiar with the situation in Aleppo from personal experience and are questioning the version of events that has been given to them for years, Nicolas Dhuicq, a lawmaker with The Republicans (LR) party, told Sputnik on Friday.
Three French lawmakers are currently on a visit to Syria and planning to spend the Orthodox Christmas weekend with Syrian Christians in Aleppo.
« The French understand that the version [of events in Aleppo]] that they have been given for years is not true to reality. So I think we can influence the public opinion positively, » Dhuicq, a member of the French legislative defense committee, said.
The lawmaker added that the French were paying more and more attention to those who were familiar with the situation on the ground.
Comment: A lot of false information about the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo exists, so French National Assembly members, who have traveled to Syria, want to learn directly from Aleppo residents what happened in the city, Thierry Mariani, a member of The Republicans (LR) party, told Sputnik on Friday.
« I think there is a lot of false information regarding Aleppo. Now that Aleppo is liberated, we want to learn directly from the city residents what has happened here in the last few months, » Mariani said.
Grasping for straw men? US knows which Russians provided hacked e-mails to WikiLeaks
U.S. media are reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified the Russians they say provided hacked e-mails to WikiLeaks in an effort to influence the November presidential election.
The Washington Post and Reuters reported on January 5 that the CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin via third parties.
Reuters said the findings are contained in a secret briefing document intelligence agencies gave to President Barack Obama on January 5 and are scheduled to give to President-elect Donald Trump on January 6.
Comment: Waiting on Trump’s tweet in 3…2…1…
U of Connecticut professor predicts societal collapse in 2020s
We are living in society’s twilight years – if a professor of ecology and mathematics from the University of Connecticut is correct. Studying history as a science with variables and trends, he predicts the 2020s will see massive instability. For some, our political future is frightening. Others find it exciting. But Professor Peter Turchin from the University of Connecticut claims that it is time to prepare for political turmoil that could rock society to its core.
Turchin is known for developing a cross-disciplinary subject known as « cliodynamics, » which treats history like any other science, with predictions and models. He has been writing about the subject for some time, but three years ago he began working on predicting the future. One of his predictions was: « We should expect many years of political turmoil, peaking in the 2020s. »
Turchin says that « the negative trends seem to be accelerating, » and that in three years, the path to instability will seem unavoidable. He was quick to point out that Donald Trump’s presidential election neither accelerates nor decelerates the process, but was simply a predicted aspect of his theory.
Turchin’s concepts include « elite overproduction, » in which the rich grow richer and relate less and less to the poor. He said that elite overproduction would result in « ideological polarization and fragmentation of the political class. » He used the 2016 election as a prime example, and explained that the Republican party has shattered into different factions consisting of Traditional Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, and Trump Populists. He also said the same applies to the Democratic Party, with the divide between Democratic Socialists and Establishment Democrats.
Comment: Trends can change but it takes unrelenting work to impact a growing trajectory of ‘The Road’ more taken. Turchin has provided a relatively non-biased forecast that suggests the global collective is doomed. Has he taken into consideration the efforts to bring to and maintain balance from the contributions of truth and knowledge to the collective consciousness? Step up, or step out. That is our choice.
A high speed chase, a stolen police vehicle, a naked woman…
A Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy responding to a disturbance at a gas station was in for a wild ride. A naked woman greeted him, claiming she had been sexually assaulted, but then things took a bizarre turn. What followed was a high-speed pursuit along Interstate-8 that reached over 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour. Not even spike strips could stop her until she crashed while trying to merge onto I-10 after driving 75 miles (120 km).
The unidentified woman got into the deputy’s car at a gas station in Gila Bend, Arizona, when he went looking for her clothes and left the engine of his pickup truck running. Chief Deputy Ben Henry said the deputy was less concerned about potentially arresting the woman and entered the gas station to try to find something she could use to cover herself.
Henry explained that this was not his department’s standard procedure, but felt it could have been justified given the circumstances. « Compassion towards victims is always our utmost concern, » Henry said.
Comment: Now there’s a concept we don’t often hear today!
The deputy tried to stop her by running alongside the vehicle and then jumped on the running board of the truck, but was knocked off. A couple offered him their vehicle to pursue the woman which he accepted to maintain contact with his truck until backup arrived.
Comment: Presumably the officers filed a ‘bare bones’ report now that the woman is ‘under wraps.’
CNBC journalist John Harwood asked ‘who Americans believe’, Wikileaks or US intel – gets lambasted on Twitter
CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood, whose cosy relationship with the Clinton campaign was exposed in the Podesta Leaks, asked which source Americans believe regarding the hacking of the Democratic National Committee – WikiLeaks or US Intelligence.
The Twitter poll comes as President-elect Donald Trump’s refusal to accept US Intelligence reports that claim Russia is behind the DNC hacking escalated tensions between the incoming and outgoing White House administrations.
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Harwood, who is also a contributor for the New York Times, launched the poll on Thursday and it received more than 19,000 votes within 14 hours.
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WikiLeaks is, so far, hugely surpassing US Intelligence officials, accumulating 74 per cent of the vote. Only a quarter of those polled say they believe US Intelligence officials.
Comment: Be careful what you ask for.
Wikileaks trolls Democrats by highlighting failed Clinton strategy to bolster Trump as ‘pied piper’ opposition
Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has been trolling Democrats on Twitter by highlighting one of the leaked Podesta emails, revealing a Clinton campaign strategy to bolster « Pied Piper » candidates such as Donald Trump.
The strategy was apparently designed to force more moderate Republican candidates into more conservative positions making them unpalatable to the majority of the electorate.
The email was sent back in April 2015, before Trump had cemented his position as a viable contender, as the then-crowded Republican field of candidates jockeyed for position.
It came from the firstname.lastname@example.org account, likely belonging to Marissa Astor, who worked as an assistant to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. It was found in the WikiLeaks dump of emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
UK doubles sentence for stalkers after crime rate shoots up since 2012
Stalkers are to face a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail after the government bowed to pressure from a cross-party campaign to better protect victims.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says the maximum custodial sentence available to courts in England and Wales will double from five years when the tough new measures in the Policing and Crime Bill are adopted next week.
If the crime is racially or religiously aggravated, jail terms will also rise from seven to 14 years.
The Tory government had previously said five-year sentences were sufficient for the worst stalkers, but were defeated by Labour and crossbench peers in a key vote in the House of Lords just before Christmas.
A total of 194 people were convicted of stalking in 2015. The average custodial sentence was just over a year at 14.1 months, according to the Telegraph.
33 killed in gruesome massacre in the second Brazilian prison riot this week
At last 33 people have been massacred in a new prison riot in Brazil’s northern region of Roraima, according to the country’s justice secretary. The incident came less than a week after the country was shaken by the brutal killing of 56 inmates in Manaus.
Comment: More on the prison riot in Manaus: 60 dead, hundreds escape in Brazil prison riot
The riot started at around 2:30 AM on Friday at the overcrowded Monte Cristo Agricultural Penitentiary in Boa Vista. Roraima’s largest prison holds between 1,200 and 1,700 inmates, according to various reports, exceeding its capacity twofold.
The inmates broke padlocks in their cells and escaped, slaughtering other prisoners, reportedly members of a rival drug gang. The 15 officers on duty were unable to stop the violence, which was only quelled after the intervention of the Special Operations Battalion (Bope) and Brazilian military police.
No good deed goes unpunished: Man fined for shoveling the street to help his elderly neighbors
The Free Thought Project
There is a saying among law enforcement when they are questioned for writing asinine tickets for non-crimes and arresting well-meaning people who may be in possession of a plant to treat their child — ‘Just doing my job.’ This phrase is uttered countless times a day as police officers write tickets for everything from window tint to license plate lights — as they somehow think it justifies this level of extortion.
The most recent case of extortion for non-crimes is getting a lot of attention in Idaho because police extorted a man who was actually providing a community service.
When it snows in his community, Mitch Fisher is ready to help.
« I take care of the neighbors. They’re all elderly and I like to help them out, » Fisher said.
Fisher’s community service of plowing streets and sidewalks — for free — is so highly regarded that he was featured in a segment on a local news station in December.
Comment: Don’t share food, don’t help the homeless and, for God’s sake, don’t shovel your neighbor’s snow! The PTB can’t have people looking after each other.
Anxiety of notoriety: Some artists no longer want to be famous
« I love being famous, » the black US comedian Chris Rock once quipped. « It’s almost like being white. »
But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame.
From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, a new brand of creator is actively rejecting the limelight and doing everything they can to avoid it.
Even first-time novelists, whose publishers are often desperate for them to go out and promote their work, are thumbing their noses at celebrity.
One young French novelist, who writes under the pseudonym of Joseph Andras, rejected the country’s top prize for a first book last year because it threatened his anonymity.
Like Ferrante, whose Naples quartet has become a huge international bestseller, Andras refuses to be photographed and only does interviews via email.
« A baker makes bread, a plumber unblocks pipes and writers write, » he declared in his only interview, granted to the Communist newspaper L’Humanite. « Everything is in the book, I don’t really see what more I have to add. »
Las Vegas: Elderly couple commits suicide by jumping off of casino parking garage
Katherine Jarvis, Mahsa Saeidi
13 Action News
UPDATE: The couple has been identified as 63-year-old Emi Yamasaki and 63-year-old Glen Yamasaki from Henderson.
Those who knew the Yamasakis were horrified to hear of their final moments.
« I can’t believe they would do such a thing, » said Jo Lepore.
The Lepores live just a few feet away from the couple.
« I’m just so upset really that they passed, » said Dick Lepore. « If you would’ve met them, you would’ve like them. »
Many other neighbors shared fond memories of Emi and Glen. We’re told they would always check in on the elderly in the area.
It is unknown why the couple jumped. However, court records show the couple had recent financial troubles. The bank filed a complaint that the Yamasakis were ordered to pay $15,000.
13 Action News briefly spoke with relatives of the couple. They did not want to comment at this time.
Anti-smoking fascism: Virginia proposes bill to allow smoking ban in parks
A Virginia lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow counties, cities and towns to decide whether to ban smoking at outdoor public spaces such as parks.
The legislation was introduced by State Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and would impose a $25 fine for those in violation of the ban.